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The best Valentine's Day breaks, from a rooftop hot tub in Rome to sleeping under the stars on a Maldivian sandbank

The best Valentine's Day breaks, from a rooftop hot tub in Rome to sleeping under the stars on a Maldivian sandbank
A boat ride across the bay at Regent Porto Hotel Montenegro

While there's still time to book that Valentine’s Day getaway, February beckons. So if you're yet to do it, now is definitely the moment.

You'd be surprised how many spectacular February holidays are still available and remember you're the only one to know you haven't been planning it for months.

Read on for our guide to luxury Valentine’s holidays around the world. Or, if you’d prefer to keep things local, take a look at our guide to luxury Valentine’s holidays in Britain.

Iceland

There are few places more beguilingly remote and romantic than Deplar Farm on Iceland's Troll Peninsula.

For couples seeking boundary-pushing wellness and adventure, the luxury lodge - part of the exclusive Eleven Experience portfolio - recently launched Eleven Life, a four-day wellness programme combining outdoor adventure with spa therapies, fitness and nutrition.

Each guest receives a pre-trip consultation and an ultra-personalised plan to ensure they get the most out of their stay. This might include anything from sea kayaking to sensory-deprivation night walks under the glow of the Northern Lights.

A thrill is the Viking Sauna, an experience combining drumming, breathing techniques and hot-and-cold plunges to stimulate the immune system and test endurance. Whatever you do, this could be one of those defining moments for you and your honey and is a great way to begin 2020.

Croatia

Since Dubrovnik has capped the number of cruise ships allowed to dock in its harbour each day to two, we love it even more. And you won't find its inimitable blend of sophisticated European city break and boho chic beach parties anywhere else.

What makes Dubrovnik particularly enticing is its year-round appeal. Check into Hotel Excelsior in the city's Old Town in February and enjoy a Valentine's weekend with a difference.

Let the hotel arrange a private oyster tasting tour of Ston Oyster Farm (from €40 per person) - Ston oysters were legendary aphrodisiacs during the Roman period - a wine tasting trip to Peljesac Peninsula (Croatia's Napa Valley) and a day on a private yacht cruising around the nearby Elafiti Islands (from €425). There's also a glorious Sisley spa.

Maldives

Nothing says romance like the Maldives, that idyllic archipelago off the southern tip of India, strung out like a string of pearls. And February, its driest month, when visibility for snorkeling and diving is nearly perfect, is a wonderful time to go.

The choice of resorts has never been greater. For Valentine's Day this year, we would opt for Milaidhoo Island, which is offering a castaway 'Sleep Under the Stars' experience, where a sandbar is transformed into an outdoor bedroom with a muslin-draped four-poster bed and a private yacht is moored close by with a dressing room, bathroom and personal butler. There's even sunrise yoga.

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Over at Soneva Fushi, this February will be a month of gourmet delights, as a fleet of international chefs descend on the island, including Japan's youngest ever three Michelin-starred chef, skilled sushi master Kenji Gyoten and Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma and known as the father of New Nordic Cuisines.

Soneva Fushi's Michelin Starred Valentine's Day costs from $

Italy

‘Rome’, ‘romance’ - it’s practically the same word and the Italian capital always delivers a stay to remember.

The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, has gone all out to make Valentine’s Day stays particularly special, with a series of 'Love Experiences'. Mostly involving chocolate.

There's the blind-folded 'Taste of Love' chocolate-tasting session with Executive Pastry Chef Dario Nuti (£130 per couple), for example, and a Chocolate Massage at the Grand Spa Club.

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Other experiences on offer include horse-riding on a beach near the ancient Roman port of Ostia Antica, an hour's drive away (from £137 per couple) and Valentine's Day dinner at the hotel's La Pergola, Rome's only three-Michelin starred restaurant, looking out across the Eternal City (from £470 per person).

For a truly spoiling experience, book the Planetarium Suite, which has a vast private roof top terrace with views of St Peter's Basilica, a hot tub and some seriously high-spec binoculars for close-ups of ancient Rome.

Monaco

There’s always something fun and frivolous going on at the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo and perhaps unsurprisingly, Valentine’s Day is no exception. The hotel prides itself on its meticulously crafted ‘Just For You’ experiences and two of them would make ideal Valentine’s Day gifts.

There’s the Goldeneye Experience, which includes a private visit to the Monte-Carlo Casino, a city flyover in a helicopter, landing for lunch at Yoshi, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant and a mini road trip up the coast road in an Aston Martin.

Back at the hotel, there’s an in-room couple’s massage and a candlelit dinner by Joel Robuchon on the terrace of the Carré d’Or suite, before you head over to the Casino and your gaming table. Tuxedos and evening gowns provided.

The other option, ‘Will you marry me?’ begins with a helicopter transfer from the airport to the hotel and includes a bedroom (once again, the Carré d’Or) full of champagne, flowers and other treats, including, at the right moment, the words ‘Will you marry me?’ projected onto the bottom of the pool below the suite.

A one-night package for either category costs from €14,000.

Morocco

There’s a fairytale quality about the medina in Marrakech that lends itself beautifully to a romantic weekend.

Conceived as a ‘medina within a medina’, Royal Mansour is actually 53 riads set within five acres of fragrant gardens just inside the medina walls and an outstanding base from which to explore an extraordinary city.

Add the most amazing concierge, who can arrange a fleet of unique, memorable experiences and you’ve got the perfect Valentine’s weekend.

You can have a tour of the city in a horse and carriage (still widely used there), dinner under the stars in a Bedouin tent at La Pause, a luxury retreat a 45-minute drive away in the Agafay desert and sunrise champagne breakfast in a hot air balloon.

For a final flourish, take an off-the-beaten-path adventure in a vintage-style side car for two, into the Bedouin mountains stopping off for lunch a in a Berber village.

Montenegro

The rising star of the Balkans, Montenegro is currently undergoing major development but still feels reassuringly authentic and even a bit under the radar.

Right on the superyacht marina at Porto Montenegro in the beautiful Bay of Kotor, Regent Porto Montenegro is the ideal spot for a weekend away.

The hotel’s new three-day ‘Romance at Regent’ package is perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat and includes a private helicopter ride for two over the bay, an on-foot tour with a guide and a personal photographer exploring the cobbled streets of Kotor Old Town and a couples treatment back at the Regent Spa.

The two-night Romance at Regent package is available until 29 February and starts from

Paris

An effortlessly romantic city, it’s easy to feel in the mood for love in the French capital. Why not shake things up a bit this Valentine's weekend with a unique new Rosewood Limited Edition package for vintage car obsessives being offered by Hôtel de Crillon, called Va Va Vroom?

During your two-night stay, in the historic Duc de Crillon Suite, you will meet celebrated Parisian designer Tristan Auer. Not only did he do the interiors of the hotel but also restored and customised its two 1973 Citroën DSs and together you will customise a vintage Jaguar E-Type Cabriolet.

But not before he’s taken you on an inspiration-seeking tour of the city in one of the hotel Citroëns. Then, visiting his studio, you will work together to hand select every detail of your vintage jag, which will then be designed and made for you.

You will have the opportunity to enter it into competition at the ultra-exclusive, invitation-only Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, to be held in 2021. The Experience also includes a dinner for you and up to 11 friends in the hotel’s La Cave d’Exception.

The Va Va Vroom package costs from

India

Of all the royal retreats in Jaipur, the Rambagh Palace might be the loveliest. Once the home of the Maharaja Jai’ Swai Man Singh II and his beautiful Queen, Maharani Gayatri Devi, it feels every bit the royal retreat.

If you’re considering India for Valentine’s Day, why not opt for Rambagh Palace’s 'Live Like a Maharani' package. You’ll stay in the opulent Suryavanashi Suite, enjoy your own personal butler and take breakfast in the royal dining room.

You will also be lavished with bespoke dining experiences around the grounds of the palace to live music and dancing, a guided historical walk tour of the palace - with champagne - and morning yoga on the lawn.

The Live Like a Maharani Valentine’s Package costs about £8,200 per night, including all activities. tajhotels.com

French Alps

Megève’s most classic hotel, Les Fermes de Marie, celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Owned and run by the delightful Sibuet family, it remains the cosiest, chichi-est place to stay in town.

The fun part is, you snowshoe through the woods for an hour to get there, before settling in for a delicious dinner by the fire of potato fritters with white Tomme cheese and local cured meats, followed by blueberry tart. After dinner you can sledge back down the hill by starlight (or be ferried back in a vehicle).

Rates from €

Bangkok

You don’t have to be having a mid-life crisis to get a tattoo, in fact the Private Ancient Inking Sessions just launched by Anantara Siam in Bangkok could be just the unique experience you’re looking for this Valentine’s Day.

Anantara’s flagship hotel is introducing private sacred tattoo sessions in February, to be carried out by one of Bangkok’s most revered bamboo tattoo masters, Ajarn Neng Onnut. These permanent Sak Yant tattoos, also called bamboo tattoos, are sacred Buddhist blessings and prayers, believed to impart magical powers for luck, protection, charisma and fortune.

Credit: Tom Hoops

Expertly engraved into the skin entirely by hand using a handcrafted metal rod, locals would get inked in a temple by a Buddhist monk. The private sessions at Anantara begin with a consultation where the master learns about the guest’s life and goals, before deciding on a fitting Yant. The Ajarn performs a ceremony before and after the inking.

Scandinavia

Why settle for one Valentine’s break when you can have six? Off The Map Travel has just launched a new concept, Scandinavian Six, which provides six three-night weekends showcasing the best of Scandinavia at different times of the year.

Fittingly, it kicks off with a romantic Valentine’s weekend in February, where guests will travel to Alesund in Norway, settle into atmospheric Hotel Storfjord and enjoy a weekend of relaxation, spa treatments, fjord cruising and dips in the outdoor Jacuzzi.

Credit: Siettvoll Margaret DeLange

But why stop there? A gift that keeps on giving, the other weekends, spread throughout the rest of the year, include a June trip to Svalbard in Northern Norway for boat trips, polar bears and the Midnight Sun and a cultural city break in Copenhagen in October.

The Scandinavian Six itinerary, which includes six different trips lasting four days each, costs £9,999 per person, excluding flights. offthemap.travel

USA

Three of New England’s loveliest hotels have clubbed together to offer ‘Route du Bonheur’ (Road to Happiness) - the ultimate blow-the-budget proposal weekend. And when better to do it than over Valentine’s Day?

You’ll spend a night in both Ocean House and Weekapaug Inn on the scenic Rhode Island Atlantic Coast before being whisked, glass of Veuve Clicquot in hand, by private helicopter, for a third night at the Inn at Hastings Park in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Gorgeous New England backdrop aside, you can expect stays in the most heavenly rooms (The Penthouse at Ocean House, the Osprey Suite at Weekapaug Inn and the Barn Suite at Hastings Park), private chef-cooked dinners each night – they’re all members of Relais & Chateaux and have outstanding restaurants - and a private consultation with Tiffany & Co, from which you’ll come away with a 2-carat diamond ring.

Other treats include a car and driver for the weekend, receive a $5,000 credit to spend at Lilly Pulitzer resortwear and have a photographer to capture the key moments

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